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THE BARNES FOUNDATION ART EDUCATION CENTER, Philadelphia
THE BARNES FOUNDATION ART EDUCATION CENTER, Philadelphia
THE BARNES FOUNDATION ART EDUCATION CENTER, Philadelphia
THE BARNES FOUNDATION ART EDUCATION CENTER, Philadelphia
THE BARNES FOUNDATION ART EDUCATION CENTER, Philadelphia
THE BARNES FOUNDATION ART EDUCATION CENTER, Philadelphia
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The Barnes Foundation

The new 90,000sf Barnes Foundation building houses a world-renowned art collection in galleries that replicate the original Merion, PA, galleries. A work of art in itself, the steel-frame concrete structure features stone panels from Israel, a glass curtain wall exterior, and custom materials on the interior such as wood and stone floors, plaster ceilings and custom woodwork. We used BIM to coordinate and implement all architectural and structural plans, and building systems—heating, plumbing, mechanical and electrical—as well as the underground utilities, including construction of three underground infiltration basins to enable collected storm water from the buildings and site to infiltrate into the ground.

The inspiring center includes:
• Special exhibitions gallery
• Art conservation
• Classrooms
• Auditorium
• Light court, an enclosure that provides event space
• Retail gift shop and café
• Landscaping on the four-and-a-half-acre site, including stone steps, reflecting ponds and fountains

It is the first major art and education institution in the country to achieve LEED® Platinum certification. Sustainable elements include:
• A green roof
• 945 photovoltaic cells
• Energy efficient water collection system
• 95 percent recycled-content steel
• Recycled concrete
• Reclaimed finish materials
• Low VOC paint
• Charging station for electric cars

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©Michael Moran

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Client

The Barnes Foundation

Location

Philadelphia, PA

SF

90,000

Architect

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Dates

August 2009 – February 2012

Awards

2013 Honor Award for Architecture, AIA
2013 Construction Excellence Award – Best Industrial / Institutional Project over $10 Million, GBCA
2012 Best Project, Cultural/Workmanship, ENR Mid-Atlantic
LEED® Platinum

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